Stampede to Help Job-Seeking Immigrants

Career-building event to be held on June 21 will provide networking opportunities as well as a history of the Calgary Stampede.

By Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun

Local immigrants who’ve likely never donned a cowboy hat before are set to get the low-down on the Stampede while roping better job prospects.

The Grandstand overlooking the exhibition’s storied rodeo infield will be the setting for a two-hour career-building session Thursday evening for professionals new to Canada.

Along with the career networking, attendees will be treated to a century of Calgary Stampede history, said Bruce Randall, executive director of the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council.

“It’s Stampede 101,” said Randall of the seminar also hosted by the Stampede Next Generation Committee.

Randall knows all about arriving in Calgary as a complete greenhorn to western Canadian culture after locating to the city from Montreal in 1998.

“I did not understand what Stampede could mean at other levels,” he said.

Familiarizing foreign immigrants into a staple of city culture enhances that comfort level that makes the career path that much smoother, he said.

“It’s gaining confidence in themselves as a Calgarian and the best of Calgary comes out at Stampede,” he said.

For many well-educated newcomers, said Randall, it’s not an easy ride with their employment falling short of their qualifications.

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